Thursday, 2 October 2014

2nd October 2014 Out Skerries SW4 increasing and clear

After a starry night we suspected there would have been a clear out of migrants and sure enough the early morning circuit of the East Isle didn't produce a single Song Thrush. It did produce a flock of 20 Brambling, Reed Buntings remained on the island as did Skylarks and the first Grey Wagtail of our stay was seen in the geos. A Yellow-browed Warbler was at the pool with another at the bridge but the West Isle was disappointingly quiet in the strengthening wind although both the Bluethroat and Swallow remain. The Lapland Bunting was again present and performed much better. In a repeat of yesterday a Jack Snipe was flushed nearby and during a late afternoon walk around the East Isle hill we flushed two more - as they only rise virtually underfoot it makes you wonder how many more are present on the island that remain unseen. Southwesterly gale force winds again this evening with the forecast for them continuing tomorrow combined initially with heavy rain...
Eider c.40
Heron 5
Ringed Plover 8
Golden Plover c.40
Jack Snipe 3
Snipe 3
Turnstone 12
Black-headed Gull 3
Skylark 15
Swallow 1
Yellow-browed Warbler 2
Blackcap 6
Song Thrush 5
Robin 1
Bluethroat 1
Whinchat 2
Wheatear 10
Dunnock 1
Grey Wagtail 1
Meadow Pipit 25
Brambling 40
Mealy Redpoll 2
Redpoll sp. 1h
Lapland Bunting 1
Reed Bunting 12
Dunnock on Out Skerries

Lapland Bunting on Out Skerries

Jack Snipe on Out Skerries

Mealy Redpolls on Out Skerries
Golden Plover on Out Skerries
Looking southwest from the top of East Isle hill